The Supreme Court today said that it would like to keep the option open to reexamine the charges that were earlier dropped for people like LK Advani, Murli Manohar Joshi, Uma Bharti and others. The charges were made against these people post the demolition of Babri Masjid in Ayodhya in 1992. The other people for whom the charges were dropped included Vinay Katiyar, Vishnu Hari Dalmiya, Satish Pradhan, C R Bansal, Ashok Singhal (now deceased), Sadhvi Ritambhara, Mahant Avaidhynath (now deceased), R V Vedanti, Paramhans Ram Chandra Das (now deceased), Jagdish Muni Maharaj, B L Sharma, Nritya Gopal Das, Dharam Das, Satish Nagar and Moreshwar Save (now deceased).
The Supreme Court is also in favor of clubbing the two cases arising from the two FIRs lodged and holding a joint trial. “There are 13 persons who were discharged only on technical grounds. Today, we are saying why can’t we club both the cases and have a joint trial,” said the bench comprising Justices P C Ghose and R F Nariman. “We will not accept the discharge on technical grounds and we will allow supplementary charge sheet,” the bench added. However, the possibility of holding a joint trial has been opposed by the counsel of the accused, saying that both cases involve different people and each case is in advanced stages at two different places.